The Fallopian tube has until recently been a neglected structure, bypassed by IVF and seen only as a tube that transports the egg to the uterus. More recently, its central role as the site of fertilization and early embryogenesis has been recognized, along with the major effects of tubal disease, such as chlamydia trachomatis, on fertility. Tubal surgery is an option for those women who avoid IVF because of anxiety about medication side-effects or for religious reasons. The tube is also the site for female sterilization and its reversal. This definitive guide to the Fallopian tube and its disorders collates all these topics, with authoritative text covering the spectrum of clinically relevant topics in a digestible fashion. It will be of interest to gynecologists, specialists in reproductive medicine and infertility and family planning, and others with interest in this fascinating and underestimated organ of reproduction.
1. Historical background and functional anatomy; 2. Coculture and assisted reproduction; 3. Physiology and pathophysiology of tubal transport: ciliary beat and muscular contractility, relevance to tubal infertility, recent research and future directions; 4. Infections and inflammatory causes of tubal infertility; 5. Management of proximal tubal occlusion; 6. Ectopic pregnancy; 7. Fallopian tube patency testing; 8. Principles of open and laparoscopic surgery for tubal infertility; 9. IVF and tubal disease; 10. Tubal sterilization.